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Busy street lined with some of Victoria's biggest tourist attractions.
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Pretty much the main shopping street in downtown Victoria. Easy to walk and lots to see and buy. The closer you get towards the Empress and Parliament, the more touristy it gets.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Megrax
Reviewed 2 days ago

When I think about it from a tourists point of view...great street to wander down, especially if you are looking for your touristy trinkets/gifts/souvenirs etc. Plenty of ice cream, that's for sure! When I get downtown in the summer, I tend to wander up Gov't...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RainEsplen
Reviewed November 5, 2018

whatever one desires can be found in a shop along Government St. Such a delightful variety, from souvenirs to sensible clothing. Watch out for the Mounted Bear!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank snddowns
Reviewed November 4, 2018

It is a very interesting place to walk or drive down. So many neat things to see. This area has everything from shops to restaurants to various things to see, or go for a ferry ride.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Berthab41
Reviewed November 3, 2018

this is a visitors heaven. so much to see and do. the flowers are so beautiful. so many shops and beautiful restaurants. The shops are trendy and pricey but very interesting. I went to the beautiful old Bay Center building, and enjoyed many old historical...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank debbie1961255068
Reviewed October 25, 2018

Declining in appeal, like other parts of downtown Victoria, Governement St is getting too busy to enjoy. There is a decent variety of shops, and a few decent pubs, much of it is (over) priced for tourists.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

This area is full of shops, bars and restaurants geared towards the tourist trade. Few locals to be seen.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank giffenk
Reviewed October 20, 2018

All the stores have the same things you would expect: Tee shirts, sweatshirts, license plates, shot glasses, magnets, etc. It's a tourist area, and we were tourists. It was fun. Nice and clean and talented buskers on many blocks.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PBSpeakeasy
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

This is a very beautiful street that all the way to Holland Point from the North. It has many beautiful buildings. Part of it faces the Inner harbour and the Bastion Square. Lots of restaurants and retail outlets and some souvenir shops. Good for a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JamesKMTan
Reviewed October 14, 2018

A must see for travellers who enjoy a diverse selection of pubs and restaurants. We spent most of an evening walking government street and visited a few of the pub/restaurants for drinks and appetizers.

Date of experience: October 2018
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DVLH93
October 15, 2018|
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Response from gooilersLeduc | Reviewed this property |
Depending on what time of year it is as to who is open on weekends and who is open late.Go and enjoy yourself it is Victoria.
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victoriatrip
denver, co
Vacation to Vancouver and Victoria (5 Replies)
My wife and I are going to spend about four days in Victoria as part of a 7 night Vancouver/Victoria vacation package. We are staying at the Empress on Government street. What time of year is your favorite and why? We have a weekend available for Vancouver or Victoria. Which place would you prefer to spend a weekend? We don't want any on the water activities (sea sick issues) or extreme physical activities. This is going to be a relaxing, music, walking, visually stimulating, reasonably...More
November 07, 2008|
Response fromlttt|
i'd pick mid september - less crowds then july and august but the weather should still be great.
persianmix
Hawaii
Day trip - agenda - sites - walking (4 Replies)
Hi, I'm revising & finalizing my day-trip agenda - will be arriving solo from Seattle via Kenmore air floatplane, arriving 9:00am, departing 6:00pm. I plan to take a taxi from the harbor to Butchart Gardens; am aware that the taxi will be pricey but since I'll be flying in, I want to leave for the Gardens right after I arrive (I plan to take the Gardens Express shuttle bus for the return trip). I hope to be at the Gardens for at least 2 hours--love gardens & flowers. Will there...More
May 30, 2007|
Response fromtennisjazz|
The Kenmore dock is right downtown but there will not necessarily be a taxi there, so ask Kenmore to order one for you. Sounds like you are a real walker! You could do all the things you mention within the time you have allotted, excluding the Museum. It takes me a day to go through it, so just skip it if you are short of time. No need to taxi from the Market Square to Wharf Street. One thing you could do is rent a bike in the inner harbour (not the same place as the Kenmore dock, which...More
Jap_shah
Calgary
Approximate Time required to see this places? (5 Replies)
Hello , i am planning to visit first week of July for around 4.5 days. Can any one help me out How long it takes to visit this places considering we have kids with us. We are planning to visit following places ,if you can let us know how long it takes to visit this places ideally , it would be a great help. Regards, Japs 1. Burchart Garden 2. Emerald Sea Adventure - 3. Craigdarroch Castle 4. Royal British Columbia Museum 5. Victoria Bug Zoo 6. Miniature World - Low priority ...More
June 13, 2008|
Response fromWCGal|
For the majority of your list, the time is rather subjective. Presumably you will have a car and much of the time will be spent in driving from one place to another. For instance Spanish Banks is a beach. How much time do you want to spend at the beach? Up to you. :-)) Likewise for Deep Cover, Cypress Bowl, the Garden Show and many others. Addressing what is reasonable time for specific venues: Butchart Gardens - 3 to 5 hours Science World - 2-3 hours Craigdarroch - 1 hour HR...More